Bowl Season Preview and Betting Guide
Bowl season is upon us and no other 2+ weeks in the year offer the pure joy and nonstop opportunities that these do. 40 games spread out from December 20th through January 6th, with the Championship being played on Monday January 13th, 2020. Navigating the sheer enormity of betting choices of bowl games is one of the most challenging tasks any handicapper can attempt. There are coaching changes, players sitting out for the draft, motivation questions, and regional bias that will all play a part in determining who wins each game. Bowl season is truly a monumental task for any handicapper, but luckily for you our team of experts from all over the US dove deep into every game, every matchup, and have delivered the most complete betting guide the internet has ever seen.
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Bahamas Bowl – Charlotte (7-5) vs Buffalo (7-5)
Bowl season is all about how the team finished the regular season and this game features two teams that finished as well as any in the nation. Both Buffalo and Charlotte won 5 of 6 to make it here and you can bet they will each be playing to win come Friday.
Pick – OVER 54 - LOSS
Frisco Bowl – Utah State (7-5) vs Kent State (6-6)
Utah State has been a team to keep an eye for a few years, but they never turn in the season that the experts are predicting. They went just 7-5 ATS this season, while Kent St went 8-4 playing in a superior conference.
Pick – Kent State +7 - WIN
New Mexico Bowl – San Diego State (9-3) vs Central Michigan (8-5)
Central Michigan beat the spread 9 times and finished by winning 3 in a row to make it to the MAC Championship game. SDSU will have to bring the stout defense they had all year in order to make this a game and defenses have a way of not showing up in bowl games.
Pick – Central Michigan +3.5 - LOSS
Cure Bowl – Liberty (7-5) vs Georgia Southern (7-5)
There are a few certainties in life, death, taxes and the option not working when good coaches have time to prepare. Hugh Freeze is a good coach and has plenty of time to prepare for Shai Werts and his option offense.
Pick – Liberty +5 - WIN - TOP TEN*
Boca Raton Bowl – FAU (10-3) vs Southern Medthodist (10-2)
Two high scoring offenses meet for the 2020 edition of the Boca Raton Bowl. SMU ranked 6th in total offense this season and FAU hasn’t scored less than 30 since Oct 12th.
Pick – OVER 71 - WIN
Camellia Bowl – Arkansas State (7-5) vs FIU (6-6)
FIU is going for it’s second straight bowl win while Ark St is playing in their 9th straight bowl game, but have won just 3.
Pick – Arkansas State -2.5 - WIN
Las Vegas Bowl – Boise State (12-1) vs Washington (7-4)
Boise State won the Mountain West Conference against a tough Hawai’i team. Washington has won just twice since the middle of October and has to be disappointed with how their season wound up after starting the year high aspirations of winning the PAC 12 North.
Pick – Boise State +3.5 - LOSS
New Orleans Bowl – App State (12-1) vs Ala Birmingham (9-4)
App St has compiled a great bowl record having won 4 straight games, but they are without their coach and UAB is a tough opponent even when you’re whole.
Pick UAB +16 - WIN and OVER 48 - PUSH
Gasparilla Bowl – Central Florida (9-3) vs Marshall (8-4)
For Marshall to win their 8th straight bowl game they are going to have to beat a UCF team that has tangled with the biggest of boys in the past two year. UCF is no doubt disappointed to be playing on Dec 23rd, and now Josh Heupel will try and get his first bowl win.
Pick – UCF -17.5 - WIN
Hawai’i Bowl – BYU (7-5) vs Hawai’I (9-5)
Hawai’I played for the Mountain West Championship and lost due to disastrous second half against Boise State. BYU had won five in a row before losing a defensive battle to San Diego State their last game of the year.
Pick – Hawai’i +2 - WIN
Independence Bowl – Miami (6-6) vs La Tech (9-3)
La Tech has one of the most explosive offenses in the nation, scoring over 40 points in 6 games this year. Miami never got going this season and will no doubt be a no show in this game. Louisiana Tech getting points is essentially stealing and we can’t wait to rob your bookie blind.
Pick – La Tech +6 - WIN - TOP TEN *
Quick Lane Bowl – Eastern Michigan (6-6) vs Pittsburgh (7-5)
Pittsburgh did nothing to impress anyone this season and if they were playing a better team they would be a massive underdog, but alas they are playing a .500 team from the MAC and are 11 point favorites.
Pick – Eastern Michigan +11 - WIN
Military Bowl – North Carolina (6-6) vs Temple (8-4)
Mack Brown did a good job turning this UNC program around, but Temple is a quality team who narrowly missed winning a lot more games.
Pick – Temple +4.5 -LOSS - TOP TEN *
Pinstripe Bowl – Michigan State (6-6) vs Wake Forest (8-4)
The Spartans only beat two teams that made bowl games this season and only one of those teams plays in the Big Ten. While Wake is no world beater they did beat B.C., UNC, and Florida State.
Pick – Wake Forest +4.5 - LOSS and UNDER 49 - WIN
Texas Bowl – Oklahoma State (8-4) vs Texas A&M (7-5)
Mike Gundy is 9-4 in bowl games and the Cowboys played better than their 8-4 record this season in a tough Big 12. Jimbo Fisher also has a sterling record in bowl games, compiling a 6-2 record. But the Aggies best win was against a disappointing Mississippi State team.
Pick - Oklahoma State +7 TOP TEN * - WIN and OVER 54 - LOSS
Holiday Bowl – Iowa (9-3) vs USC (8-4)
Iowa quietly had a terrific season beating both Minnesota and rival Iowa State, but Kirk Ferentz is just 9-8 in bowl games and USC finished the year winning 5 of 6.
Pick – USC +2 - LOSS and OVER 52 - WIN
Cheez-It Bowl – Washington State (6-6) vs Air Force (10-2)
We said is before and we’ll say it again, the option doesn’t work when good coaches have time to prepare for it. Proof: Fisher Deberry was just 6-6 in bowl games while being 60 games over .500 for his career.
Pick – Washington State +3 - LOSS
Camping World Bowl – Notre Dame (10-2) vs Iowa State (7-5)
Notre Dame is in no way shape or form exciting to be playing in the Camping World Bowl and it will show. Matt Campbell is 3-2 in bowl games and will be looking to add to his resume and his Quarterback’s NFL future in this highly watched game.
Pick – Iowa State +3.5 - LOSS
Cotton Bowl – Memphis (12-1) vs Penn St (10-2)
Jeff Franklin and the Nittany Lions had a great season and are thrilled to be in the Cotton bowl. Their fans travel and even with Memphis being just a short flight to Houston the stadium is sure to filled with PSU alumni enjoying the warm weather during their Christmas holiday.
Pick – Penn St -7 - WIN and OVER 60.5 - WIN
Peach Bowl – LSU (13-0) vs Oklahoma (12-1)
LSU is the best team in the country. Oklahoma is better than people are giving them credit for but the Tigers will overwhelm them late and pull away to over the number.
Pick – LSU -13.5 - WIN
Fiesta Bowl – Ohio State (13-0) vs Clemson (13-0)
Ohio State Clemson would be the National Title almost every other year, but this year we are treated to a terrific semifinal. It will be close, and it will be a hard fought victory for either team.
Pick - Clemson -2 - WIN - TOP TEN *
Orange Bowl – Virginia (9-4) vs Florida (10-2)
This might be the easiest game of the whole bowl season. Virginia is here due to an incredibly weak ACC. They got their doors blown off against Clemson and Florida’s only loses were to Georgia and LSU.
Pick – Florida -14.5 - LOSS - TOP TEN *
First Responder Bowl – Western Michigan (7-5) vs Western Kentucky (8-4)
In the battle of the Westerns we’ll take Clint Eastwood over the Duke John Wayne. In this game the edge goes to Western Michigan who have LaVante Bellamy who ran for over 1,400 yards and 23 TDs this season.
Pick – Western Michigan +4 - LOSS and OVER 51.5 - LOSS
Redbox Bowl – Illinois (6-6) vs Cal (7-5)
Illinois finished the year on a tear winning 4 in a row before falling prey to massive injuries that derailed them. Cal is healthy and that is enough to take our money.
Pick – Cal -6.5 - WIN
Music City Bowl – Louisville (7-5) vs Miss State (6-6)
First year head Coach Scott Satterfield is 3-0 in bowl games and Louisville is thrilled to even in a bowl game after a disappointing past few years.
Pick – Louisville +4 - WIN
Belk Bowl – Virginia Tech (8-4) vs Kentucky (7-5)
Kentucky has quietly built a quality program in the Bluegrass state and looks to continue building. They are 9-3 ATS this year and played tough against the likes of Florida and Tennessee.
Pick – Kentucky +2.5 - WIN
Sun Bowl – Arizona State (7-5) vs Florida State (6-6)
Florida State stinks plain and simple. They have nothing to play for and could not even get up for the rivals Florida.
Pick – Arizona State -4.5 - WIN - TOP TEN *
Liberty Bowl – Kansas State (8-4) vs Navy (10-2)
We know what you’re thinking, the option thing again right? Well not this time, Chris Klieman of Kansas State will have his hands full with Malcom Perry and the Navy attack.
Pick – Navy -2.5 - WIN and OVER 52 - LOSS
Arizona Bowl – Wyoming (7-5) vs Georgia State (7-5)
Both teams were disappointing this season and both finished losing 3 of 4. This should be a low scoring affair and one a lot of eyes will be on just before midnight.
Pick – UNDER 48.5 - LOSS
Alamo Bowl – Texas (7-5) vs Utah (11-2)
Utah played their worst game of the year in the PAC 12 Championship game against Oregon and now is playing the Alamo bowl instead of the Rose Bowl. Kyle Whittingham is 11-2 in bowl games, but lost last year in a similar situation so beware of Texas.
Pick – Texas +7 - WIN
Outback Bowl – Auburn (9-3) vs Minnesota (10-2)
Auburn is a quality team and showed that they can hang with even the very best. Minnesota showed that they played a light schedule early and then turned into themselves when challenged by real teams.
Pick – Auburn -7 - LOSS - TOP TEN *
Citrus Bowl – Michigan (9-2) vs Alabama (10-2)
Each of these teams certainly had higher hopes than to be playing in the Citrus Bowl, but here they both are. Michigan’s only quality win was against Notre Dame and Alabama failed to beat any Top 25 teams.
Pick – Michigan +7 - LOSS
Rose Bowl – Wisconsin (10-3) vs Oregon (11-2)
The Grand Daddy of them all has two interesting and tough team this year. Wisconsin blew a golden opportunity to knock Ohio State out of the playoff by doing absolutely nothing in the second half and Oregon would be in the playoff if not for a terrible 3 point loss to Arizona St.
Pick – Oregon +2.5 - WIN
Sugar Bowl – Georgia (11-2) vs Baylor (11-2)
Is it possible that two teams could be less excited to play in the Sugar Bowl? Both needed to win their conference championships to make the playoff and both got blown out instead.
Pick – Georgia -7.5 - WIN and UNDER 41- WIN
Birmingham Bowl – Boston College (6-6) vs Cincinnati (10-3)
Boston College has no coach and Cincinnati is playing for their second straight 11 win season.
Pick – Cincinnati -7.5 - WIN - TOP TEN *
Gator Bowl – Tennessee (7-5) vs Indiana (8-4)
In a Big Ten, SEC battle these two middle of pack teams fight to build on the momentum they have this year.
Pick – Indiana + 1.5 - WIN
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl – Nevada (7-5) vs Ohio (6-6)
Frank Solich is 6-9 in bowl games, but has won each of the last two seasons. Nevada won 3 of 4 to close the year before losing a shootout to UNLV.
Pick – Ohio -7.5 - WIN
Armed Forces Bowl – Southern Miss (7-5) vs Tulane (6-6)
Terrible game, terrible teams, who wins? Our experts aren’t sure and they don’t really care.
Pick – Southern Miss +6.5 - LOSS
Lending Tree Bowl – Miami (OH) (8-5) vs Louisiana – Lafayette (10-3)
Miami (OH) blitzkrieged their way to the MAC Championship and won it going away. The Ragin Cajuns had a terrific year before losing to App St in the Sun Belt Championship. They beat the spread just once in their last 3 games but covered double digit spreads 5 times in 7 tries.
Pick – Miami (OH) +14
Clemson vs LSU (-3.5)